Captain America: The Winter Solider — Is It Worth Your Money
Directed By: Anthony and Joe Russo
Screenplay By: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Stingers: Two stingers. One mid-crawl, and one after the crawl.
Official Synopsis: After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
Captain America: The Winter Solider is nothing more than a ridiculous action movie. An extremely fun ridiculous action movie with relatable protagonists, epically evil villains, and snarky sidekicks. I’m going to say a lot of positive things about this movie but in no way is this movie Citizen Kane. This movie is big dumb fun!
I would easily rank this as the best Marvel movie to date. A lot of what goes into that bold claim is the villains in this movie. The problem is… I can’t go into any detail behind the Winter Solider or the people behind him without giving away key plot points. Those of us who haven’t read the Winter Soldier story line know nothing about him, and for much of the movie he is an enigma. A dark force with no face, no known motive. A seemingly nihilistic unstoppable hit man out to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D.
I can’t help but call out the performance by Scarlet Johansson as the Black Widow/Natalia Romanoff. For a character who’s relevance was lost with the fall of the Soviet Union she managed to make this character worth caring about. All this despite this incarnation of the Black Widow only being seven years old when the Soviet Union fell. Johansson perfectly captured Black Widow’s wit, and undeniable espionage skills. She’s a steamy sex symbol, with so much more substance than most female super heroes.
Chris Evans as Captain America was good, about on par with his previous ventures playing the Captain. The same can be said with Samuel L. Jackson and his character Nick Fury. Good performances by both actors but nothing that stands out compared to the last films they were in. Cobie Smulders (Robin from How I Met Your Mother) however, steps out as Agent Maria Hill. While her role in The Avengers was quite minimal it was clear that we would be seeing more of her in upcoming Marvel movies. I can’t honestly say she wasn’t a main character in The Winter Solider but her character is growing. I can see her being a big part of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
There was some new characters introduced in this movie, and some old ones you thought you’d never see again. While I would enjoy nothing more to talk about how they made this movie what it was, I simply can’t. The surprises are part of what made this movie great. There is some great set up for the next Marvel movies: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Widow, and Captain America 3.
This movie is definitely worth your money! Go see it now!
Kyle also reviewed The Winter Solider. Check it out here.
Brian wrote a piece about the Winter Solider comics. Check it out here.